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Bringing You More Fun & Useful Recipe Tools– Both On Site and Off! 
Apr. 29, 2009 12:11 pm 
Updated: Feb. 16, 2010 10:49 pm
By Scott S, Vice President of Product
As many of you have noticed, we’ve been busy at over the last few months bringing our community new features and ways to access all the great recipes you know and love. As the head of “product” here at, I share all of your passion for food, great recipes, and how being able to put a new and tasty dish into your arsenal can make you feel like a top chef.
My team and I are dedicated to listening to what you tell us about the site. We use the same features you use, and watch how the whole community uses the features we’re running.  We’re ready to help devise new fun and useful tools to make our site and your cooking experiences even better.
Not to beat an old marketing phrase to death, but…
“I’m not only an employee, I’m also a member!”
(borrowed from Sy Sperling, Hair Club For Men, circa 1970’s)
I’ve been an Allrecipes community member way back since the days when there was a separate site for each main ingredient. So when I got the opportunity to come work here and help make the site even better, I jumped at the chance.
Here are some of the things I’ve recently had a hand in developing for our community and how I use them:
In January this year Allrecipes launched the Supporting Membership option. It’s an innovative set of features designed to give our community more power to interact, put a creative spin on favorite recipes, and share ideas and skills with each other.
A new iPhone application – the Dinner Spinner – puts the power of in the palm of your hand for iPhone and iPod Touch fans. So far it’s been a big hit, with more than 1.2 million downloads since it was released in December 2008. I find this app useful way to introduce myself to new recipes I wouldn’t have thought to look for on my own—or a great way to kill a few minutes and find ideas for dinner while I’m waiting for my wife!
Blogs – We all have something to say, especially about or favorite foods, our mad skills in the kitchen, or our funniest kitchen disasters. It’s part of what makes great! I’ve got more than a few stories to share. Knowing you can tell those stories to an audience of 10 million people who share the same passions is the reason we thought it would be terrific to bring you the opportunity to write blogs. Look for improvements coming soon to this feature based on your feedback!
Customize a Recipe – You’ve made this the most popular new feature! Everyone has their own twists for how they like to make even the most tried and true recipes. A pinch of this, a dash of that. It’s what makes a recipe your own! Tweak a recipe and save it your way for future reference and get that perfect balance to make it just like you and your family likes it. I’ve personally got 3-4 versions of my family’s special  spaghetti sauce saved to remind myself how I made the last batch so great (or terrible) so I can continue to perfect it. (It’ll get there someday, Nana!)
New Advanced Print – Advanced print options include several cool features, including the ability to format the page size for full page or index cards, include nutrition information, personal notes, or add your favorite reviews. You can also create your own recipe titles or categories, select the recipe photo that best showcases the recipe and choose a design theme to make it your very own These print options are there so you can showcase  your dish for a special occasion, or add to your personal Allrecipes cookbook or recipe box.
Beverage Pairing – What wine goes best with fish? What cocktails are good to serve with Spanish recipes? You can find it here with recommended beverage pairings for wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drink recipes for nearly all of our top rated recipes. (Who knew that Stella Artois doesn’t go with everything?!?!)
Most importantly, features like the Supporting Member blog are meant to inspire conversations between Allrecipes community members with shared interests – so leave me a comment to tell me (and the community!) about your favorite (or not so favorite) parts of the site.  Or just to share your story about and how you use it. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I appreciate advice from my fellow community members on how to make the site even better!
Apr. 29, 2009 12:53 pm
I would like to be able to hit return to post my comment and not have to move my hand from the keypad to find the mouse and click on "post" . I love this site I have found SOOO many new a fabulous recipes, I have made quite a few "friends" in here and I am addicted to the Blog feature so much so that another member (who shall remain nameless!!) has christened me Bloggy McWhore!!
Apr. 30, 2009 8:06 am
I'd like to be alerted when someone responds to a blog post of mine. I realize that may be difficult but sometimes a week-old blog post has a comment sitting in it for days before I realize it's there. I like the blog option and a lot of the new things on the site as well, so my suggestion is minor in the grand scheme of things.
Apr. 30, 2009 12:59 pm
this is interesting!
Apr. 30, 2009 1:01 pm
I love the recipe exchange, while it is not a new feature it is one of my favorite's, and has saved a few of my meals from becoming disasters! 99% of the people on their are nice and positive! Keep up the great work!
Apr. 30, 2009 1:20 pm
I love this site! I can usually find exactly what I need and when I have a question it gets answered right away. Can't really think of any suggestions at this moment but I'll think about it. Thanks Allrecipes!
Apr. 30, 2009 1:26 pm
I was thinking the same as LB. I wish the blogs could be sorted by *most recently updated* like the exchange questions.
Apr. 30, 2009 1:29 pm
Y'all have done a great job!!! To be able to find someone (profile) would be a good addition, also to be able to send personal messages would be a great addition. Keep up the great work!! Y'all are the best!!! :)
Apr. 30, 2009 1:29 pm
I'd love to see private messages enabled, so members can discretely share emails without posting for anyone to see on the exchange. Also, I think it would be great if we were able to share our private, unpublished recipes with other members, so if somebody mentions something they've created on exchange and people are interested, they could look at the recipe from the poster's profile, rather than making them type it out. It could be optional whether to make individual recipes "shared" or not.
Apr. 30, 2009 1:30 pm
How 'bout a recipe exchange chat box to make things easier communicating?
Apr. 30, 2009 1:30 pm
I also LOVE the exchange. I've made so many great friends on there and most people are willing to support one another, whether the subject has to do with food or something completely different. I do have one suggestion, however. It would be nice to have the ability to privately contact any AR member, whether they are active on the exchange or not. Sometimes I come across a recipe that I'd REALLY like to be able to ask the author a question about, and that's not possible if they're not on the exchange. I have actually decided NOT to make certain recipes because I couldn't clarify something with the recipe author.
Apr. 30, 2009 1:31 pm
I would like to be able to type in the searh engine a specific members names, and pull them up that way.
Apr. 30, 2009 1:40 pm
I would like to have one of my recipes pulished..LOL!! I love this site and have for a few years..keep up the good work:)
Apr. 30, 2009 1:41 pm
The beverage pairing is a great addition!I would love to see "suggested sides" and/or "suggested main courses" added also. I am sometimes full menu impaired! :D
Apr. 30, 2009 1:59 pm
I guess I'll be the bad apple and say this with the utmost respect for the AR staff. Speaking for myself, I absolutely despise the "Vote for Tomorrow's Favorite Photos" format. Categorizing the photos would be very helpful (for example main dishes, sides, desserts, etc). Also, is there a way to make different categories for the "FAVORITE PHOTOS"? Don't get me wrong. Desserts are beautiful to look at but not good for the waistline, thighs, and you know where else. :) I would absolutely love to have an AR home page that has "TOP 4 MAIN DISHES" "TOP 4 SIDE DISHES" "TOP 4 DESSERTS" etc so I don't have to be tormented by everyone's dessert pictures. Last of all, the "WHAT TO DRINK" pairing with recipes is great. Could AR make side pairing too? I guess I'm done whining. Thank you for listening.
Apr. 30, 2009 2:03 pm
I love Allrecipes, and I love the Recipe Exchange. I'm not sure I'd use the blog feature, but I've thought about the Supporting Membership--I just haven't made a decision yet on it, so I don't really have anything to add to what others have said about blogging, et cetera. That being said, what I would love to be able to do is search out a specific cook by name. Or, alternately, search out a specific blog post by cook or subject. I concur with others who have suggested private messaging to other AR members and sharing of private recipes. My least favorite aspect about this site is the voting on photos. I don't care if mine are posted on the front page or not, if ever, but I dislike voting on photos because it seems a lot of people vote for people they know or only vote for certain types of food. I've seen a lot of complaints that desserts are always on the front page. I purposely ignore the front page now, which I never did before. I hate feeling like AR photos are part of a popularity contest. After saying all that, though, I do love this site and check it at minimum once a day and intend to continue to do so.
Apr. 30, 2009 2:16 pm
I agree the photo voting is really a bummer. I love to post pictures of my food but don't care for the voting as it seems very junior high to me. I liked it better when everyone's pics went across the front page in rotation. Also I would love to be able to private message someone on here. I know it's said al the time but please speed up the recipe publishing. I know there is a lot of talented cooks on the recipe exchange and it would be nice to have the recipes published faster so we have an even bigger array to pick from.
Apr. 30, 2009 2:35 pm
I agree with SHARYL4 and Buffy Whitney ....and pretty much everyone else on here too!!! ;-) Love the site!!!
Apr. 30, 2009 3:40 pm
Someone else may have mentioned this, but a lot of people don't like the OT entries in the "Recipe Exchange." Could you please have another 'tab' at the top for "Idea Exchange" or "What's New Outside the Kitchen" - I know this is a food website, but some of us have really made "friends" here and we need to chat. But the term 'chatroom' scares me. Just add another tab! Thanks for asking for our input! Love all of you who make this possible!
Apr. 30, 2009 7:33 pm
I would love to be able to do an ingredient search inside my recipe box. Sometimes I'll have things like buttermilk or heavy cream that I'd like to use up and I'd rather search through the hundreds I've already have selected in my box instead of starting a new search (i.e. 921 recipes come up for the ingredient buttermilk). Thanks for listening!
Apr. 30, 2009 9:44 pm
P.S. Is there any way you could add spell check? LOL
Apr. 30, 2009 9:56 pm
Being from the "more mature" generation, I haven't a clue about what's really possible for you guys to program in, say...the Exchange. I find one of the biggest problems I have is when someone suggests going to www.drives/me_crazy.trying/to type>all this and 1465430 too.ugh (get the picture). I know there are some sites you can just click on all the "www"etc., etc., stuff and away you go. Is that possible to have this happen when a member recommends a site in their comments (on the exchange, in "request a recipe or ask a question area"? Am I making sense??? I get really frustrated writing down all the info for another site, can't get it, go back to the exchange, find the comment again, find out I transposed a letter or number. Thanks for all the work you already do...wish I'd found AR long, long ago.
Apr. 30, 2009 10:03 pm
I'm pretty new to posting in the recipe exchange, but it would be nice if you had the option to display the latest post first rather than last - and maybe have a limit of 20 posts per page? Just so it makes it easier to refresh the page. Also! I wish you could search for cooks, as someone else mentioned. :) Thanks, good site. Looking forward to more food-photography blogs from photogirl too.
May 1, 2009 3:10 am
I love AR! One of the things that I like about AR from AU is the rating of recipes, which would be great to have here. I like that I can make a recipe, and review with the tweaks I've made or review with comments made because I followed the recipe. Before AR, I had too much "same-ness" with the foods I cooked, now I am trying new taste sensations!
May 4, 2009 5:55 am
I really enjoyed coming in here and helping cooks with questions and even getting some pointers myself. I am a paying supporting member and I don’t feel the benefits are equal to what I have paid for. For instance, nobody at AR will respond to an email. I have submitted recipes for things you don’t have on your site, or you only have one choice. Yet you decline to tell me why I don’t have other choices to prepare this dish. As many community supporters you have I would think that you could pay someone to respond to their questions. As for giving us an option to post our blogs or recipes on other sites such as myspace, facebook…… don’t understand why copy and paste wouldn’t work, or why someone would want to post someone else’s recipes. The feature maybe nice for those who don’t copy and paste, but there are other things that are needed far more. Happy paying customers are returning paying customers.
Feb. 16, 2010 10:49 pm
next month i look forward to being a supporting memeber, AR and the variety of personalities and well over 4,ooo AR recipes and variations the cooks come up with besides the global factor, has given me strengh and creativity to carry on my home role and project to help less fortunate ones. I am definately slow in computer language, but I speed up when I speak bread dough fluently, stir fry, medium well, soups, beans, salads real cool. Homemade everythings, that's my style. I must thank all the blogs, and what's to come from AR, and my husband thanks you too. Now I'll learn I really always knew how to make a roux , or did , maybe I better check that out. Where's an expert when you need one? Gotta go, this is important, LOL
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